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CLIP 11110

Computer Games Timeline, 1960-2000

Computer Games Timeline, 1960-2000
Key Info
  • Computer Games Timeline, 1960-2000
  • Duration: 04:48
  • An overview of the development of computer games from Pong in the 1970s to Myst in the 1990s. Lisa Tarbuck explores the evolution of computer games and the development of different genres. She informs us that games now outsell cinema audiences in the UK. In the investigation, she highlights early creations - arcade games like Space Invaders, platform games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and other racing and fighting games. In the exploration of Myst, the use of blue screen is demonstrated as being used to create the environment the characters act within. Later developments shown are the creation of virtual characters and God games.
  • Subject:



    Media: New Technologies

  • Keywords: interactive, blue screen, God games, computer games, technological change
Ideas for use in class
  • The clip can provide stimulus for an investigation of games development since 2000. Practical work can be done by exploring the use of blue/green screen in video production.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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